Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Parties with proceedings in QCAT may be able to obtain assistance from LawRight’s Self Representation Service or Duty Lawyer Service.

Appointments through the Self Representation Service

The Self Representation Service offers appointments (in person or by telephone) with solicitors who provide advice and assistance with the legal tasks necessary to progress tribunal proceedings, including:

  • advice about whether, and how, to commence or defend proceedings;
  • advice about tribunal processes;
  • assistance to draft documents such as applications, affidavits, submissions and other tribunal forms;
  • assistance with preparing for hearings and appearing in QCAT;
  • advice about appealing tribunal decisions; and
  • advice about other options for the resolution of disputes.

Who can we help?

The Self Representation Service helps people who are involved in, or who are considering commencing legal proceedings in the following QCAT areas:

  • Anti-discrimination;
  • Blue Card;
  • Child Safety;
  • Guardianship and administration;
  • Right to information and information privacy;
  • Victim Assist; and
  • Appeals in any of the above areas.

Please download an information brochure (linked to the right) for more information about eligibility for assistance.

How can I apply?

To apply for help from the Self Representation Service, please complete the application form here. If you are unable to complete the online form, contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.

LawRight staff review applications received and contact eligible self-represented parties to arrange an appointment with a solicitor. Face-to-face appointments are offered at LawRight offices located in the tribunal and courts. Telephone appointments are offered to people who cannot attend a LawRight office.

If you are not eligible for assistance, you will be notified of our reasons in writing.

 If you are unsure whether you are eligible for assistance, you can contact the Self Representation Service on (07) 3006 2324 to discuss your legal matter so that we can determine whether you should submit an application for assistance. We will use telephone interpreters when needed. Our lawyers cannot give legal advice over the phone until you have been accepted as a client.

Representation from the Duty Lawyer Service

If you have a matter that was caused or aggravated by your experience of family violence and that is being heard in the Brisbane Registry, LawRight may be able to assist you through our Duty Lawyer Service.  The service can provide free legal advice and one-off representation in a broad range of QCAT areas. 

Where a matter has been caused or aggravated by your experience of family violence, the Duty Lawyer Service can assist:

  • on the day (drop-in) with tenancy and minor debt hearings, and child protection or blue card directions hearings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Parties who would like assistance from the drop-in service should attend the service at QCAT from 9am on the morning of the hearing; OR
  • by arrangement with other types of matters, compulsory conferences and hearings outside of drop-in times. Assistance outside of drop-in times is subject to the availability of a volunteer barrister or solicitor to assist. To apply for this type of assistance, please complete the application form here. If you are unable to complete the online form, contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.

Please download an information brochure (linked to the right) for more information about eligibility for assistance.

Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal office

Duty lawyer drop-in service (for matters related to family violence)
Level 10, NAB Building, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am to midday

All other enquiries and appointments: 
Level 11, NAB Building, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane
P: (07) 3006 2324
E: srsadmin@lawright.org.au (Self Representation Service)
E: dutyadmin@lawright.org.au (Duty Lawyer Service)
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm

 

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